Latest Jeff Raines Articles
Introducing a new festival featuring a bevy of New Orleans acts called Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown.
The SFJAZZ Gala 2018 honored the New Orleans institution with performances by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Galactic, Ellis Marsalis and more.
Check out photos and listen to every set played on Sunday in Boca Raton at the Sunshine Music Festival.
Funk act Lettuce will begin what is expected to be a “massive” 2018 with an extensive winter tour.
New Orleans funk act Galactic lays out plans for a coast-to-coast tour to start 2018.
New Orleans own Galactic will celebrate the end of 2017 and ring in 2018 with a hometown show.
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About Jeff Raines
Jeff Raines had an ear for music at a very early age. Raines’ mother can vouch for that. “When he was four years old, he went next door to a garage sale with $10 from his piggy bank and bought a small organ. The first I knew of it was when I saw him coming back into our yard struggling to carry the organ! He has had a passion for music all his life”. Along with Robert Mercurio, Jeff grew up in Washington D.C. where he was originally captivated by the hardcore scene there. The two played in a number of different bands while still in high school, including a surf punk band called the Skitzmatics. Later, he was hipped to the sounds of Parliament-Funkadelic and James Brown, and once he found the funk, there was no turning back.
When it came time to pick a college, Jeff knew he wanted to be in New Orleans where the funk was born. He attended Loyola University (while Mercurio went to Tulane, also in New Orleans) but most of the learning occurred outside of school. “We learned more in the night clubs than in all of our college classes.” Out of all the musicians in New Orleans at the time, Raines was mostly influenced by Leo Nocentelli, legendary guitarist for the Meters who Raines has since traded licks with on the Galactic stage. Raines was also schooled in writing music in New Orleans during his college years, and along with being credited for taking part in the writing of much of Galactic’s music, he is also responsible for writing the lyrics for “Start from Scratch” and “Change My Ways”!